Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points – AIA

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2008 — Following three consecutive months of signs of greater stability in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell precipitously, dropping more than six points. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI rating was 41.4, down sharply from the 47.6 mark in August (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.0. This is also the first time in 2008 that the institutional sector has fallen below the 50 mark.

read more @ the SOURCE: AIA.org – Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points.

Madrid seeks to deepen ties with Indian metros -The Economic Times

Eyeing business opportunities and increased tourism, the Spanish capital of Madrid is seeking to deepen its engagement with Indian metros, particularly New Delhi, by showcasing its expertise in the area of efficient and sustainable development of cities.

SOURCE: The Economic Times.– Madrid seeks to deepen ties with Indian metros – Foreign Trade-Economy-News-

Eco Expo Asia opens next week

Eco Expo Asia 2008 is scheduled to open on 28 October at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on the themes of air quality, eco-friendly products, energy efficiency and waste & recycling. Now in its third year, the event has confirmed over 130 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions, and will be held in tandem with the Eco Asia Conference led by a panel of international industry experts. The Hon. Edward Yau, JP, Secretary for the Environment for the Hong Kong government will be the official guest of honour on the opening day.

SOURCE: Eco Expo Asia.

International Green Roof Congress 2009

International Green Roof Congress 2009
Website http://www.greenroofworld.com
Event Description International Green Roof Congress 2009 in Germany
– Three Days of Lectures, Workshops, Presentations and Excursions –

Under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, Wolfgang Tiefensee, the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) and the German Roof Gardener Association (DDV) are organising the 2nd International Green Roof Congress in Stuttgart/Nuertingen from 25 – 27 May 2009.

The latest technological developments from the last few years stand as one of the focal points of the discussions and lectures. Other key topics include spectacular green roof projects designed by renowned architecture firms and the international guidelines and standards relating to green roofs. Practical workshops and excursions to local green roof projects in and around Stuttgart and Freiburg will build upon the lecture series.
The congress 2009 brings together architects, landscape architects, planners, policy makers, investors, manufacturers and installers to exchange knowledge and develop new markets.
For further information, please visit the website: www.greenroofworld.com
Location Stuttgart/Nuertingen – Germany
Starting Time 25 May 2009
Duration 3 Days
Contact Name Wolfgang Ansel

Green Guru Gone Wrong: William McDonough – Fast Company

Green architect William McDonough has been hailed as a water-walking visionary. The truth is far more complicated.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Fast Company – Green Guru Gone Wrong: William McDonough

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